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Missouri Ends Ad Seg Ban on Publications

On October 22, 1998, the Potosi Correctional Center (PCC) in Missouri ended its ban on publications sent to prisoners in administrative segregation (ad seg). PCC houses a control unit where prisoners are kept in ad seg for lengthy periods of time. The prison's previous policy had been to prohibit all ad seg prisoners from receiving any newspapers or magazines.

In response to a lawsuit filed by Jerome White-Bey,in the Washington county circuit court, the Missouri Department of Corrections changed its policy banning all publications from its ad seg units. Under its new policy, Missouri prisoners in ad seg can subscribe to one newspaper and one magazine. The defendant prison officials are now arguing that this policy change moots White-Bey's claim for injunctive relief.

At this time, PLN is aware of only two other states which ban prisoners in control units from receiving publications, which are Washington and Alabama. The Washington practice is currently being challenged in court in Humanists of Washington v. Lehman and the Alabama practice was challenged in Spellman v. Johnson. Spellman went to trial over two years ago and the court has not yet issued a ruling in the case.

We would like to thank Jerome for informing us of the policy change and its background. If you win or settled a lawsuit let us know about it so we can report it here in PLN . See: White-Bey v. Missouri DOC , Circuit Court, 24th Judicial Circuit, Washington County, MO. Case No. CV-1098-435cc.

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White-Bey v. Missouri DOC